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It seems like Verizon is having a rough month as today, customers have experienced yet another data outage. While reviewing customer complaints on the forums, it seems that this recent outage is affecting 4G devices in Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Washington, Texas, and Maryland.
This is frustrating for many and no comments have been made on when the network will come back on. Click here for updates on the situation.
JXD has just recently released its S7100, an Android-powered gaming tablet which will be marketed towards playing old-school arcade games. The device includes a D-pad, face buttons, and a 7 inch touch screen display. It will be running on an ARM Cortex A9 CPU, Mali 400 GPU, 512MB of RAM, and includes 16GB of internal storage.
Besides all of this, the S7100 has a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera as well as a 2.0 megapixel rear facing camera with an HDMI out. A video trailer shows the unit playing a variety of touchscreen games and classic ROMs including Metal Slug, Mario Kart 64, Angry Birds, Plants Vs. Zombies and Fruit Ninja HD. Not to be undone, the device also features the actual PlayStation button icons on its own buttons.
The price tag right now is set around $140.
Swype, the Android keyboard that lets you type (or swype, rather) faster than you ever thought possible, has a present for you this holiday season. With the recent development of Siri, the voice controlled app, it seems that these voice controlled apps are becoming the future of smartphones.
That said, Swype is launching a new beta with Nuance’s Dragon dictation built right in (see video below). Chances are the actual transcription isn’t faster than your swypes, especially if you’re a veteran Swype user, but when your hands are tied up Dragon should really come in handy.
This new app will also allow you to download a number of different languages. Unfortunatly, if your phone came pre-loaded with Swype, this beta will not work on your phone. Instead, you will have to wait until the complete launch of the Swype update to start using it.
To get the new update, just visit Swype’s site from your phone and register with an email address. You will then be sent a download link and be ready to go.
Earlier today, Samsung announced that its line of Galaxy S phones, which include some of the most popular phones on the market today, will not be receiving the latest Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich.
This means that about 10 million people will be out of luck and will have to be satisfied with the outdated, Android 2.3 also known as Gingerbread until they decide to drop more money on a brand new phone.
Many of the Galaxy S users are asking, “Why??”. Well, Samsung says its hardware isn’t powerful enough to support Ice Cream Sandwich and its TouchWiz skin for Android. (TouchWiz is the extra layer of design Samsung adds to its Android phones)
This is awful news to many. With this announcement, Samsung has made Google look pretty foolish when Google said that Android devices will start getting on a somewhat unified update cycle, similar to what iPhone and Windows Phone users enjoy now.
This is making Android’s popularity fall pretty fast as their updating “system” needs some major work. It seems that the only way you are guaranteed the new Ice Cream Sandwich is if you purchase the new Galaxy Nexus phone otherwise you will be waiting weeks, months, or forever before Samsung decides that it’s time for your phone to be updated.
Like I said, this is causing Android’s ranking to fall to both Apple and Microsoft. Look at Microsoft, every single Windows Phone is eligible for the latest version of Windows Phone 7, even if the phone was released more than a year ago.
Google needs to get it together and figure out a way to keep its customers around or they will end up with little to no customers at all.
Christmas is quickly approaching with only two shopping days left, leaving many people running around in desperate search of the “perfect” Christmas gift for their family or friends. Are you in the same situation? Well fear no more, this is a list of 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas that many have purchased this holiday season.
1. Toys – New apps on both the Android and Apple market can lead to some new “toy” ideas. One of these is the Griffin Helo TC ($39.99). This is an inexpensive gadget that will fly for about eight minutes on a single charge and is robust enough for you not to worry about the odd crash landing. There are many other gadgets like this one out there and they are all very popular this holiday season.
2. Cameras – Although smartphones are getting very close to taking over the camera industry, a dedicated device has the ability to do a lot more for you and your photo taking skills. There are many brands to choose from (Olympus, Canon, Nikon…etc) as well as different types of picture taking cameras (SLR and DSLR). This gives you a wide range of options and customizations to choose from. Some popular cameras this year are the Olympus Pen E-P3, the Canon T3i, and other cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S6100.
3. Headphones – This is an obvious one. Headphones in today’s society is a “must have”. Just like cameras, there are many different brands of headphones that are all equally as popular as the other. Some popular headphones are the Beats by Dre, as well as Bose headphones. Of course there are many other brands in the cheaper range such as Skullcandy, Sony, and Philips.
4. Cases – All of the above gadgets are great, but they deserve some sort of protection so you can actually get your money’s worth out of them. Brunswick England’s $55, hand-stitched Kindle case, for example, offers a pleasing balance between quality and price. If you want to go the whole hog, however, Mulberry and many more will swaddle your iPad or BlackBerry in almost any material you care to imagine.
5. Video Games – This should be a given for any child/teen out there today. Most likely, they own some sort of gaming console (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii) and will be wanting the latest game to enjoy. There are thousands of games to choose from but some of the more popular games and accessories this holiday season include: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Xbox 360’s Kinect, PlayStation 3’s Move, Battlefield 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Google has hit the pause button on its rollout of Android 4.0 to the Nexus S that began last Friday. Details are still sparse, but many users are claiming that they’re still getting update notifications over the air. The only difference is that when the update process is complete, the phone simply boots back into Gingerbread. No one knows the exact reason for this delay but the company says they are “monitoring feedback”.
If you received an update notification a little while ago but the update isn’t currently available for your phone, this is likely the result of Google pausing the update in your area while we monitor feedback. The Android 4.0 update is continuing to roll out around the world so your phone will receive another update notification when it’s available again in your region.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to get the update, check out some tips and shortcuts Google has posted to help you navigate the many changes you’ll see on your device.
Ice Cream Sandwich provides a whole variety of new updates and bug fixes for both phones and tablets. Now status updates from social media sites will sync with contacts so you can see what connections are doing online in real time. It also sports an improved calendar and camera capabilities as well as improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, and Bluetooth.
Prepare yourselves to be impressed when you finally get ICS as it is completely different than previous versions of Android. Google has given nearly every facet of the OS a makeover, and the very core of the Android user experience has been completely reinvented.